Hey, I just realized that Monta only played 42 minutes last night. (I was thinking Smart never took him out of the game.) So this home and away back-to-back in mile-high Denver should be a piece of cake, right? He’s fresh!
Fortunately, a few other guys on the Warriors should be really kind of fresh. Guys like Stephen Curry and Vlad Rad and Rony Turiaf. They sucked last night, and have the splinters in their butts to prove it. Maybe they can actually step up and get something done in Denver. Solid contributors Corey Maggette, CJ Watson and Chris Hunter also didn’t play heavy minutes. So there’s a possibility that the Warriors will actually be competitive in this game. They’re deep!
While watching last night’s game, I swore that I would not blow another matchup prediction for the rest of the season. It is clear now, Monta Ellis will guard the other team’s best player. Period.
And then of course, the new day dawned and the Warriors are playing Denver and Carmelo Anthony on the back-to-back, and I got confused again. There is no way in hell that the Warriors can guard Carmelo with Monta, right? Right?
And there’s no way they can guard him with Anthony Morrow, right?
That means Corey Maggette in the starting lineup, right? Oh, go ahead, Coach Smart, humiliate me. I’m used to it now.
However it goes down, I don’t think the Warriors will be able to do much to slow down the monster that Carmelo Anthony has become in his seventh season. He’s making a run at the MVP.
On the other hand, I don’t think the Nuggets will be able to do much to slow down Monta Ellis. Not if Vlad Rad does his job, and pulls Kenyon Martin out to the three-point line. I actually like the Vlad Rad/K-Mart matchup. I don’t think Vlad will get too abused on defense. Now make some damn threes!
The Warriors are +14 road dogs. Holy cow! Don’t the bookies realize that Monta is a star? Don’t they realize that the Warriors are one of the hottest teams ATS in the league, second only, of course, to the Bobcats? Maybe it has something to do with this being a home-and-away back-to-back in mile-high Denver? Maybe it has something to do with the fact that the Warriors failed to cover in their last two trips to Denver, with spreads of +12 and +15.5? But is this team comparable to last year’s team? Oh, those devilish bookies! Mamas, don’t let your babies grow up to be homers.
Monta Ellis just passed up Rondo for the league lead in steals. Mikki Moore is playing through a significant injury. (Seriously, what next?) But Devean George is almost ready to return. Just a few of the goodies Marcus Thompson serves up in his recap.
Mike Massa takes a long and appreciative look at CJ Watson in his recap.